Cauliflower ‘Risotto’

One of my favourite meals to make in the kitchen is risotto.  I actually don’t mind the laborious process, it’s quite meditative and helps slow you down.  A little splash of water, a stir, a sip of wine – so relaxing!  But it’s just not realistic on a weeknight when time is limited and there’s a lot going on (and you’ve been fighting a cold!).  I had heard about people using cauliflower as risotto, which is not only super quick, but also so much more nutritious.  It turned out so well, and unlike typical risotto which leaves you feeling a little guilty and heavy, this is incredibly satisfying, yet light and fresh.  We had our risotto with a side of roasted asparagus (chopping it and stirring it in is also an option) but you can easily adapt this risotto with ingredients you have on hand; add mushrooms,  peas, tomatoes, basil, or other veggies and herbs you may be craving.

Cauliflower 'Risotto'

Cauliflower 'Risotto'
Serves 3
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  1. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  2. 5 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 green onions, chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  5. 1 can (15 oz) white beans, rinsed and drained
  6. 1 cup vegetable broth
  7. 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  8. 1 head of cauliflower, chopped to small rice-like pieces in a food processor
  9. 2 cups spinach, chopped
  10. 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and thyme and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add beans, vegetable broth (and nutritional yeast if you are using it, it gives a slight cheesy flavour) into the pot, stir, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Using an immersion (handheld) blender, blend the ingredients to a creamy consistency.
  4. Add cauliflower and spinach, stir. Cover with a lid and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir, spoon into bowls and garnish with toasted pine nuts.
  6. Enjoy!
Love and Lentils
Cauliflower 'Risotto'

Cauliflower 'Risotto'


Cauliflower 'Risotto'


  1. I love how you say that it’s meditative to cook this dish. Well said. Is this something you’ve cooked a lot?

  2. Wow this bring “cauliflower rice” to a whole new level! Definitely trying this!

  3. I made risotto tonight too! It was my first time and it turned out great. I love all the veggies packed into your recipe, however; so I’m gonna have to try your version too. And as always, lovely photos girlfriend! Celeste 🙂

  4. I like it!!! I don’t eat rice but i do like a lot of rice based recipes so i like using alternatives like this 🙂

  5. Wow……this looks amazingly delicious! Cauliflower + spinach + white beans + nooch? All sound wonderful together! 🙂

  6. 🙂

  7. Wow – this is wonderful. I used to love risotto pre-vegan, and haven’t tried to make it since. Glad to know you’ve got a great recipe I can try out! 🙂

  8. This looks really tasty Sophia! I’ve done the cauli risotto thing before ( and just recently made a millet risotto which I really liked too (

  9. This is really wonderful, I love that you made a risotto using cauliflower. Such a creative idea, healthful and it looks absolutely delicious!

  10. I’m loving this cauliflower rice trend! I am yet to try it, but have seen some amazing dishes (this included). I want to do some sushi with it too!

  11. Love this recipe, using cauliflower, Sophia! 🙂 I’m excited to give it a try since you say it’s light and fresh!! By the way, I’ve been away for a while now from the blogging world, and almost didn’t recognize your new blog! Loving the name & new design!! 🙂

    • Hi Violet! I was just on your blog yesterday thinking, hey, I haven’t seen you in a while! Good to reconnect with you. 🙂 And thanks for the kind words.
      Let me know if you try it, we love it!
      Sophia 🙂

      • Hey Sophia! Very happy to reconnect with you as well. 😀 I will definitely let you know when I try it!! 🙂

  12. Great Recipe! Beautiful pictures..

  13. Kerri aniello says:

    What do you mean by nutritional yeast?

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hello Kerri,
      Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast which is popular in vegan/vegetarian diets because it gives a ‘cheesy’ flavour to food, and is also very high in vitamin B12.
      They are flakes which you can find it at your health food store.
      Hope this helps!


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